Thanks. The thing is I am earning British pounds and when I convert to the dollar, it seems like we are making a lot and don't need loans, but that is not true!
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« on: January 30, 2009, 07:32:58 AM »
Most people in biglaw (and lawschool for that matter) have a couple years of work experience before law school. Often, that work experience is what gets them hired because it's relevant to something the firm does. Nobody pretends the hours are great, but some people actually enjoy being a lawyer (gasp!). If you enjoy what you do it's not so bad.
How much does it matter when interviewing what your prior experience is? Could the argument be made that any real experience is better than no experience? I am having a career shift and going from Social Work to law and am interested in Biglaw. I am wondering how much my social work experience will help or hinder my chances at getting a biglaw job. I am planning on doing all the extra stuff that firms like. Any thoughts?
Is there a disadvantage for someone going to law school to change careers and coming out of law school looking for a job that does not relate to your previous work experience? Is it fair to say that once in law school, it is more about your acedemic and extracurricular performance than it is about your previous work experience when it comes to gaining employment in an area that does not relate to the previous work experience? I am changing careers and albeit I am interested in learning about job prospects that relate to my previous experience, I do not want to be limited in my search and do not want employers looking the other way..any thoughts?
My first inclination is that even with any solid work experience in any field, I would have an advantage over someone coming directly out of UG with no work experience.
« on: December 30, 2008, 07:53:29 AM »
Thanks. I am actually married and own a condo in Atlanta. My wife's work is in Atlanta, so Atlanta would be my home base. I guess I could rent a room, which I did not know would be available. I live in Midtown Atlanta and close to the highway, so I guess I just have to weigh my options when I get accepted. Thanks for the insight though.